Qi Concealed, Action Awaits - Four Case Studies of Contemporary Lacquer
City: Guangzhou
Curator: Li Tingchen
Academic Presider: Pi Daojian
Duration: 2018-06-21 ~ 2018-09-12
Opening: 2018.06.21(Thu.) 18:00
Forum Date: 2018.06.21(Thu.) 14:30-18:00
Venue: 33 Contemporary Art Center
Address: 33/ F, Tower A, Victory Plaza 103 Tiyu West Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
Participating Artist(s): Guo Xiaoyi、Lian Xuyun、Shi Pengcheng、Xie Zhen

Producer: Liu Yi


“Qi”, a Chinese equivalent to “utensils and implements” and “people of outstanding capabilities”, refers specifically to lacquer wares, lacquer art and lacquer artists herein. “Qi Concealed, Action Awaits” is derived from a line in Section Two of “The Great Appendix” from I Ching, that is “Honorable men with their Qi concealed while awaiting their timing for actions always triumph in their undertakings. ” Such philosophy was inherited and enhanced by Confucianism into a key concept embodying the world view and methodology with which people can perfect themselves by constantly refining their own inner qualities while awaiting for opportunities for self-actualization in the society. “Concealing Qi” characterizes one’s own efforts and struggle and “awaiting for actions” indicates that: the “right time” is to be construed as the time when opportunities presents themselves while “awaiting” is needed for such timing to emerge with both internal and external conditions mature for actions. By adopting “Qi Concealed, Action Awaits” as the title of this exhibition, we mean to summarize the efforts propelling the modern and contemporary transformation of Chinese lacquer art while conveying a great wish for success of such a transformation in this great time.

The modern and contemporary transformation of an art form is not only a dynamic proposition, but also a reflection of the status of a significant moment. As the humanistic spirits and contemporary conceptions constantly change in this new era, lacquer art practitioners begin to probe into the possibilities and necessities for the modern and contemporary transformation of such an ancient art form. This exhibition is intended to be a display of sample survey in which four representative artists along with their works are selected from many in an effort to reflect and explore the unique phenomena characteristic of the contemporary development of lacquer art over the recent period. The four participating artists who are representative respectively in terms of age, art-making experiences, perception on mediums of art, educational background, mechanism behind their growth, thinking on art and art styles, will be displayed as individual cases that exemplify the variation in their art making. It allows for more systematic and in-depth comparison and observation of those factors on exploring and explicating phenomena and paths exclusive to the modern and contemporary transformation of lacquer art.


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